Marquette Drops 3-1 Decision to No. 13 Rutgers
Oct. 2, 2009
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 13 Rutgers Friday night at Valley Fields. Junior Rosie Malone-Povolny scored MU's lone goal in the at the 13:02 mark. The loss puts the Golden Eagles at 7-4-1 overall, 1-2-1 in BIG EAST play, while the Scarlet Knights improve to 9-1-2, 3-0-1 in BIG EAST action.
Marquette out-shot Rutgers 19-6 on the match, putting six shots on goal to the Scarlet Knight's five. Rutgers keeper Erin Guthrie came up with five saves and Marquette's Natalie Kulla stopped two.
The Golden Eagles found the back of the net at the 13:02 mark, when defender Allison McBride served a corner kick to Malone-Povolny, who was set up to the left of the keeper about five yards outside of the net. Amidst the scramble in the box, Malone-Povolny put her head on the ball, sending it past Guthrie. The goal Malone-Povolny's first of the season.
"I thought we came out very well and scored a great goal on a set play. Rutgers quickly responded and came back right away. I thought we struggled for the rest of the first half in terms of staying organized and what we accomplished in the first 15 minutes of the game," said head coach Markus Roeders.
Rutgers wasted little time getting back into the game, scoring the equalizer a just over two and a half minutes later. Karla Schacher scored the Scarlet Knight's first of the night, scoring off of a header off of a free kick taken Julie Lancos.
During the 21st minute of play, April Price made it 2-1 in favor of the Scarlet Knights with her shot that sailed just over Kulla's head and in the back of the net.
Junior Julie Victor nearly tied the game at the 50:01 mark, when she launched a direct kick from about 30 yards out, however her shot hit the crossbar and the Golden Eagles still trailed by one. Fourteen of MU's 19 shot attempts came in the second half.
"It is unfortunate, but give Rutgers credit. I thought we played better in the second half, but then they put away that free kick. Once we were down two (goals), we searched a bit on getting back, but never managed to do so. It is a disappointing result, not necessarily of how we played, but of some inconsistencies, and you can't have that against a good team," said Roeders.
Rutgers scored their third and final goal of the match on a free kick when Julie Lancos buried the the ball into the far post from 25 yards out. Three of the four goals scored in the night's match were off of set plays, proving just how important it is to capitalize on restarts.
The Golden Eagles continue their five-game homestand this Sunday against Seton Hall at 1 p.m.